This fabulous member of the saxifrage family is a rare and very choice woodland perennial from Japan (Shikoku and Kyushu), with attractive foliage and flowers. In spring the reddish-tinted young leaves emerge and slowly expand into impressive, very deeply-cut, green saucer-like leaves, on strong stems. Later in summer, numerous pale creamy yellow flowers open, hanging pendulously, and facing outwards like shuttlecocks. Although it prefers rich, moist woodland soils, it is surprisingly easy to grow and drought-tolerant.
Seeds can be sown at any time but are best sown in winter or early spring to benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly with sand or fine grit to about the depth of the seed size. If the seeds do not come up within 6 to 12 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. They may still take very many months to appear, so please never discard the pot or tray.